Title IX: Sexual Harassment

Marion County School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities, as directed and required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and its implementing regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. The District is committed to maintaining an education and work environment that is free from discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment.

Marion County School District prohibits sexual harassment that occurs within its education programs and activities. When the District has actual knowledge of sexual harassment in its education program or activity against a person in the United States, it shall promptly respond in a manner that is not deliberately indifferent.

Pursuant to Title IX obligations, the District is committed to eliminating sexual harassment and will take appropriate action when an individual is determined to be responsible. Board employees, students, third-party vendors and contractors, guests, and other members of the School District community who commit sexual harassment are subject to the full range of disciplinary consequences. Marion County School District will provide persons who have experienced sexual harassment with ongoing remedies as reasonably necessary to restore or preserve access to the District’s education programs and activities.

Title IX 2020 Rules and Regulations

Questions and Answers on the Title IX Regulations on Sexual Harassment

Responsible Employee Title IX Cheat Sheet

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment for the purposes of Title IX is defined as any instance of the following: quid pro quo harassment; unwelcome sexual advances that a reasonable person would find so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it denies a person equal educational access; any requests for sexual favors, verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature by an employee, by another student, or by a third party. Sexual violence is a type of sexual harassment, and this includes any instance of sexual assault (as defined in the Clery Act), dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking as defined in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Postings for Review: Title IX Training Information

Filing a Complaint

Contact Information

Complaints or inquiries regarding compliance with these regulations may be submitted to the designated personnel at 1614 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471:

ADA, Employee Title IX Coordinator, and Equity Compliance:
Dawana Gary, Ed.S., Director of Equity and Compliance
Phone: (352) 671-7711; Email address: [email protected]

Title IX Student Grievances/Complaints:
Ann Hembrook, Ed.D., Sr. Executive Director, Student Pathways
Phone: (352) 236-0562; Email address: [email protected]